How is This Year Going?
Just about every day someone will ask me, “How is this year going so far?”
“It’s great” just doesn’t cut it, and neither does “It’s awesome!” or “So far, so good… I hope it continues.”
Most times I can’t think of the perfect thing to say, which then makes me worried I’ll give the impression things aren’t going well. It’s a weird problem sometimes, and you probably know exactly what I’m talking about.
Chris Guillebeau experienced this same struggle when he finished his goal of traveling to every country before he was 35, and he offers some great advice in his book The Happiness of Pursuit. As you can imagine, he’s done a few interviews since completing his quest, and inevitably during those interviews, he’s asked something along the lines of “So, what was it like, Chris?”
He writes that at first he struggled to answer such as massive question until an experienced interviewer reminded him that he didn’t have to sum up 193 countries and ten years of travel in a few sentences— instead, just telling a story or two would do the trick.
That’s so true. It’s the stories that matter. It’s the stories that, well, tell the story and answer the question.
So, how is this year going? It’s great. Each day I feel like I’m able to serve teachers, students, and parents, and no day is ever the same. Just this week I was able to…
- Participate and help plan a celebration for Mrs. Josephson and her years of service to CAC.
- Work with several teachers to make it possible for students to take Aspire tests online so that we can have more data and information that will help us improve our curriculum.
- Begin reviewing our curriculum and standards for our upcoming accreditation.
- Observe several classrooms and see teachers and students working together to solve challenging problems.
- Celebrate with our volleyball team and encourage them as they worked their way deeper into the State Volleyball tournament.
- Meet with a parent and her child to understand a particular social problem, and then work together to find a solution.
- Visit with CAC alumni at Harding and hear what’s going on in their lives, to get their perspective about their time at CAC, and to get some ideas that may help us improve.
- Meet with three teachers to hear about their vision for their particular program and to work ideas to help them grow.
- Help plan four different field trip opportunities for our students.
When asked about how the year is going, one or two of the above responses is much stronger than “It’s great” or “I’m really enjoying it.”
So let me ask you— how’s this year going for you?